New Zealand, Australia's new best friend?

  • 21/06/2017
Australia, New Zealand
New Zealand is Australia's best friend according to a majority of Aussies. Photo credit: File

New Zealand is Australia's new best friend after bumping the United States off the top "honour."

According to the New York Times, more than 53 percent of Australians say New Zealand is their best friend after the latest Lowy Institute poll.

The poll also found that Australians are losing faith in the United States.

Since 2011, the number of Australians who now trust the Americans has halved from 40 percent to only 20 percent.

And at least 42 percent of Australians say Donald Trump becoming president of the United States factored into their opinion.

However China is also proving intimidating, with 46 percent of those polled saying China will become a military threat in the next 20 years.

The poll also brings in to account the world's governments who are under a democracy.

It suggests only 60 percent of people agree that democracy is their governance preference, meaning 40 percent believe in some circumstances, a non-democratic government can be preferable.

In total, more than 79 percent of Australians also say they aren't happy with the direction of the world is going.

But at least they have a best friend in New Zealand.